travel

What losing our biggest client has taught us

I recently read a blog about a South African couple who quit their day jobs in advertising to travel the world – and ended up scrubbing toilets to support their dream lifestyle! Though I admire their honesty and hard work, I reckon scouring porcelain isn’t the only way to support yourself when you cut ties to the real world to and do your own thing. We’ve been travelling full time for over two and half years and have been able…

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8 ways travelling improves your career

Thinking of taking a year off work to travel the world, but unsure about how the career gap will look on your resume? Fear not, as more and more business leaders are recognising the benefits travel has on a career. And indeed, after two years of travel, I’ve seen my own career pick up in ways I never could have imagined. It all comes down to life experience – the more you travel, the more life experience you gain. These…

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My top 5 most inspiring books

Inspiration is for amateurs. The great writer Somerset Maugham once said something to the tune of “I write only when inspiration strikes… fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.” As much as I try to ape old mechanical Maugham, I’m still very much an amateur and need inspiration to get kick me along, though I do follow the spirit of his advice. A hard slog to a glowing achievement I finished my first book – Redgate – last…

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Dealing with self-doubt

I bit my lip. “Maybe we should move back to Perth and buy a house,” I suggested to Dave. We’d been travelling for 18 months and had made our first stop home. Seeing all our friends around us settled into their recently-purchased houses, many married and with babies, we were wondering whether we were doing the right thing. We love to travel and we are the happiest when we’re on the road, but seeing everyone take a more traditional (and…

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Why travel won’t make you happy

I was bored. Down. Lonely. Aimless. 26 years old and in a cul-de-sac at work, in life, at home. I craved adventure, change, excitement; and most of all I wanted that elusive thing – happiness. So I did what everyone who gets the “quarter-life crisis” does. I bought a backpack and a ticket to South-East Asia for an invigorating dose of travel. And I loved it. From sipping condensed milk sweetened Vietnamese coffee in the crowded colonial streets of Hanoi…

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Tips to help you quit your job for long-term travel

Last week we were having dinner at the Jazz Club in Cuenca with some new-found friends. When they discovered Dave used to work as a senior producer for the BBC, their first question was, “But WHY did you quit?!” Dave replied, “Because after reporting on the world for so long, I felt it was about time I saw some of it for myself.” People are often shocked that Dave would leave his stable job at one of the world’s best…

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